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"From the Ted Talk by Allan Adams: What the discovery of gravitational waves means"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Let me give you a sense of the timescale at work here. 1.3 bloilin years ago, Earth had just managed to evvloe multicellular life. Since then, ertah has made and evolved corals, fish, plants, dinosaurs, plpeoe and even — God save us — the Internet. And about 25 years ago, a particularly audacious set of people — Rai Weiss at MIT, Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever at Caltech — decided that it would be really neat to build a ganit lsaer detector with which to search for the gravitational waves from things like colliding bclak holes.

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Let me give you a sense of the timescale at work here. 1.3 _______ years ago, Earth had just managed to ______ multicellular life. Since then, _____ has made and evolved corals, fish, plants, dinosaurs, ______ and even — God save us — the Internet. And about 25 years ago, a particularly audacious set of people — Rai Weiss at MIT, Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever at Caltech — decided that it would be really neat to build a _____ _____ detector with which to search for the gravitational waves from things like colliding _____ holes.

Solution

  1. billion
  2. evolve
  3. giant
  4. laser
  5. people
  6. black
  7. earth

Original Text

Let me give you a sense of the timescale at work here. 1.3 billion years ago, Earth had just managed to evolve multicellular life. Since then, Earth has made and evolved corals, fish, plants, dinosaurs, people and even — God save us — the Internet. And about 25 years ago, a particularly audacious set of people — Rai Weiss at MIT, Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever at Caltech — decided that it would be really neat to build a giant laser detector with which to search for the gravitational waves from things like colliding black holes.

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collocation frequency
black holes 11
gravitational waves 9
big bang 4
gravitational wave 3

Important Words

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  32. ronald
  33. save
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  35. sense
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